Tickets are still available for North Central Michigan College’s Lecture Series, featuring Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer, scheduled for 7 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 28.
While the event is free, tickets are required for entry.
Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer, of Greensburg, Ky., received the Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House in September for his actions during the Battle of Ganjgal in Kunar Province in 2009.
He is the first living Marine to receive the honor since 1973 and, at the age of 23, one of the youngest.
On Sept. 8, 2009, a group of Marines, accompanied by two platoons of Afghan National Army and Border Police, moved on foot into the village of Ganjgal for a predawn meeting with village elders. Three U.S. Marines and aU.S. Navy corpsman were cut off after their patrol was ambushed by more than 50 enemy fighters firing rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and machine guns from houses and fortified positions on the slopes above.
Over a six-hour period, Meyer risked heavy enemy fire as he and others repeatedly approached the area of the ambush in a heroic effort to return fire, retrieve wounded U.S. and Afghan soldiers and recover the bodies of the missing Americans.
Meyer, a corporal at the time, suffered shrapnel wounds to his arm and did not expect to survive the battle.
“I wasn’t really thinking I could die, it was just a matter of when,” Meyer said. “I never thought I was going to come out … (but) that’s what Marines do.”
The Medal of Honor citation summarized Meyer’s actions this way: “Corporal Meyer’s daring initiative and bold fighting spirit throughout the six-hour battle significantly disrupted the enemy’s attack and inspired the members of the combined force to fight on. His unwavering courage and steadfast devotion to his U.S. and Afghan comrades in the face of almost certain death reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.”
Currently, Meyer is cooperating with the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation to raise $1 million to support the education of children of Marines and has issued the “Dakota Meyer Scholarship Challenge to America” to match his efforts to raise an additional $1 million.
The event will take place in North Central’s Student and Community Resource Center. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the lecture beginning at 7 p.m.
Tickets are available at North Central’s college store, student services office and the business office on the Petoskey campus.
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